UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program California Ecology and Conservation Course – Spring 2016
California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Guided by experienced field instructors, undergraduates transform into scientists by conducting independent research studies. Students learn to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard techniques such as surveys of animal and plant populations. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback. All the while, students gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems while immersed in the NRS’s classrooms without walls.
All UC undergraduates who have a 2.5+ GPA and who have successfully completed an introductory biology course are eligible. More information is available on the course website, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.